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Iraq's Information

Flag of Iraq
Land Area 437,367 km2
Water Area 950 km2
Total Area 438,317km2 (#58)
Population 38,146,025 (#36)
Population Density 87.22/km2
Government Type Federal Parliamentary Republic
GDP (PPP) $597.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $16,500
Currency Dinar (IQD)
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2000s

  • (2003) U.S. President, George W. Bush, gave Saddam Hussein and sons 48 hours to leave Iraq or face war
  • (2003) U.S. and British troops entered Iraq, American missiles hit targets in Baghdad
  • (2003) Baghdad and Saddam Hussein's power crumbled
  • (2003) Saddam Hussein's sons, Uday and Qusay, killed in battle in Mosul
  • (2003) Suicide truck bomb destroyed UN headquarters in Baghdad, envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello killed
  • (2003) Shia leader Ayatollah Mohammed Baqr al-Hakim killed by cam bomb in Najaf
  • (2003) Saddam Hussein captured in Tikrit
  • (2004) 140 Shia festival-goers in Karbala and Baghdad killed by suicide bombers
  • (2004) During month-long U.S. military siege of Falluja, hundreds killed
  • (2004) U.S. turned sovereignty to an interim government headed by Prime Minister Iyad Allawi
  • (2005) Saddam Hussein transferred to Iraqi legal custody
  • (2005) Eight million Iraqis voted for Transitional National Assembly
  • (2005) 114 killed by car bomb south of Baghdad
  • (2005) Jalal Talabani, a Kurdish leader, elected president by parliament; Ibrahim Jaafari, named prime minister
  • (2005) Massoud Barzani sworn in as regional president of Iraqi Kurdistan
  • (2005) Voters approved new constitution, voted for first, full-term government and parliament since invasion led by U.S.
  • (2006) U.N. stated that an average of more than 100 civilians per day were killed by violence in Iraq
  • (2006) Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al-Qaeda leader, killed in air strike
  • (2006) After nearly 25 years, Iraq and Syria restored diplomatic relations
  • (2006) Car bombings in Shia area of Sadr City in Baghdad killed more than 200
  • (2006) Saddam Hussein was executed for crimes against humanity
  • (2007) U.S. President George W. Bush announced thousands more U.S. troops would be dispatched to enhance security in Baghdad
  • (2007) In worst bombing since 2003, 130 people were killed in Baghdad's Sadriya market
  • (2007) Car and truck bombs struck two villages of Yazidi Kurds, killed at least 250
  • (2007) British handed over security of Basra province to Iraqi forces, ended five years of British control of southern Iraq
  • (2008) U.S. gave control of the western province of Anbar to the Iraqi government
  • (2008) Parliament approved security pact with U.S. in which U.S. troops would leave Iraq by end of 2011
  • (2009) Iraq took control of Green Zone in Baghdad
  • (2009) U.S. troops withdrew from towns and cities, handed over security duties to new Iraqi forces
  • (2009) Masoud Barzani re-elected president
  • (2009) Two car bombs near Baghdad's Green Zone killed 155
  • (2009) Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide bombing in Baghdad
  • (2010) Key figure in Saddam Hussein's government, "Chemical" Ali Hassan al-Majid, was executed
  • (2010) U.S. combat brigade left Iraq after seven years
  • (2010) Whistleblowing website, Wikileaks, published classified U.S. military logs about Iraq war
  • (2010) After long delay, Parliament reconvened, re-appointed Jalai Talabani as president, Nouri al-Maiki as prime minister
  • (2010) Parliament approved new government
  • (2011) Amid dispute between Iraqi Kurdistan region and central government over contracts with foreign firms, oil exports resumed
  • (2011) Iraqi Kurdistan moved troops into position around disputed city of Kirkuk
  • (2011) More than 40 coordinated nationwide attacks occurred in one day
  • (2011) Turkey launched military strikes against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq's mountains
  • (2011) U.S. completed pull-out of military troops
  • (2011) Iraqi government in disarray, Al-Iraqiya parliament block boycotted parliament and cabinet
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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